Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Feel Pretty

The Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks might have drawn only five horses but it is one of the more contentious renewals of the modern era: Talent, potential, horsemanship, all elements will play a part.

Strategy might have played into the defeat of Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty (3-1) at Hollywood Park in that the connections played the game too cautiously. But in this five horse affair, aggressive handling might be the preferred tack, and no one is better suited to that scenario more than Bob Baffert's filly.

This is a G1 which might actually be a prep for another Grade 1, the highly prestigious Alabama Stakes at 10 furlongs. The thinking here is that this is Plum Pretty's "Alabama."

Taking Plum Pretty to win at 2-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (893) 281-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,945.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 22, 2011

Simms’ Filly a Flashy Lass

The traditional opening day feature at Saratoga, the Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, has drawn an eclectic group at various stages of development, a wide open event. The thing we like about Flashy Lassie (6-1), the value laden early line notwithstanding, is her experience and an ability to shift gears, winning her debut on the lead and the G3 Dubutante from well off the pace.

As one might expect, there appears to be plenty of early speed signed on and expect Kent D. to make the last run a winning one.

Taking Flashy Lassie to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with the rapid Georgie's Angel (5-2) and Five Star Momma (8-1), who enjoys a pace edge and is nicely drawn inside.

Running Totals: (893) 281-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,945.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today, I’d Rather Be Lucky than Grace

Even if I didn’t believe that she was going to hand her rival that first loss of the year, I would have been rooting for Blind Luck (7-5) to win the storied Delaware Handicap anyway. It’s not very often these days that a trainer will take is horse cross country to meet a rival that has a significant edge--in freshness, spacing and emphasis as Harve De Grace (4-5) enjoys today.

But since the witch to Garrett Gomez, Blind Luck has gotten back to herself, and just as her rival snatched victory from defeat’s jaws at Oaklawn, so did Blind Luck in the Vanity Handicap in her latest start. Now here she is, 28 days later, looking to take a 3-2 series lead on Havre De Grace. The outside post, two tiny pounds and a tactical advantage that sees her rival stalking and her making the last successful late run. Can’t wait to see it!

Taking Blind Luck to win, no price restriction, and a cold exacta with Harve De Grace. May the best filly win.

Running Totals: (892) 280-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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